Huawei currently enjoys the title of being the third biggest vendor of smartphone devices in the face of the planet (trailing only Samsung and Apple), but in the United States mobile market, success has remained sort of elusive for the Chinese tech giant. And it appears that things are not getting better, with the recent news that one of its most important retail partners in the country, Best Buy, is planning to stop selling Huawei mobile devices in the weeks to come.
It appears that initial sales of Samsung’s newest flagship devices -- the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus -- are either at par or have failed to improve upon the initial sales of last year’s Galaxy flagship, the Galaxy S8 models. If the numbers do not gain upward momentum soon, it could cause various wireless service providers in the United States mobile market to be concerned that the Galaxy S9 phones may not be popular enough sales wise to draw switchers from rival networks.
Rumors pertaining to HTC’s upcoming flagship device offering, the U12, may have surfaced in the interwebs earlier this month, but the Taiwanese tech giant is just content moving along with its phone making business. This week sees the company unleash two new additions to its Desire lineup of smartphones -- meet the Desire 12 and the Desire 12 Plus.
At this year’s ongoing Game Developers Conference (currently being held in the city of San Francisco in California), Google took the opportunity to reveal that over 60 mobile apps compatible with its ARCore augmented reality platform are launching this week at the Google Play store.
When HTC had formally announced its Vive Pro virtual reality headset during the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that was held in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada more than a couple of months ago, it did not reveal any further details regarding the pricing.
According to a report recently published by Tech Insights, it turns out that the total cost of procuring the parts and the process of assembling the components for one of Samsung’s flagship device offerings -- the Galaxy S9 Plus -- is estimated at $379 per unit.
One can say that Alcatel certainly had made the most out of its participation in this year’s Mobile World Congress event. Indeed, during the world’s biggest annual tech show dedicated to mobile, Alcatel had taken the opportunity to formally introduce no less than seven new smartphone devices, and as expected, these handsets were of the budget friendly kind.
Samsung’s newest flagship offerings -- the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus -- come with some really cool features, such as Intelligent Scan (which combines facial recognition technology with iris scanning software) and AR Emoji (which allows users to transform their selfies into their own AR enhanced emoji). But some may argue that as cool as these features are, they do not quite reach the levels of the iPhone X’s Face ID tech and Animoji feature (helped immensely by the device’s 3D camera on its front side).
Google has officially announced just this week that its operating system for wearable devices, Android Wear, will now henceforth be called Wear OS. Many will no doubt notice that the name change involves basically just the removal of the word Android. The tech giant has made it clear that this move is by design, which will be explained shortly.
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